Upcoming SNAP Coalition Meeting Tues 11/28; CBS School Meals report, Fact Sheet re How the GOP tax bills hurt Massachusetts
- Federal update: tax reform proposal (see below) and potential impact on funding federal programs, Farm Bill update
- State budget and legislative campaigns: Governor Baker will be issuing his House 1 FFY19 budget in January - it's not too soon to get priorities on his list! Discussion will include the SNAP Gap/Common App, HIP (healthy incentives), Food Trust, Breakfast after Bell, Family Cap, $15 min wage and other Coalition member campaigns
- Puerto Rico evacuees: What are you seeing, what materials do you need to help PR evacuees in your community access SNAP, school meals, cash and other services
- SNAP for Seniors: Update on Senior Assistance Office (SAO) roll out, simplified SNAP application - next steps to find and enroll more seniors in SNAP
- ABAWD update: Start of new "3 month clock" in January but fewer geographic waived areas, DTA expansion of SNAP ET options, upcoming ABAWD info sessions
- Verifications roll out: Brief refresher of upcoming changes (discussed at October meeting)
- SNAP and college students - reminder re MA policy around student eligibility, doing SNAP outreach through campus mobile markets
- Unpaid school meal debt - does your local school have a published meal debt policy?
- Local case issues, SNAP policy concerns - what are you seeing?
- Announcements: Note, there is NO Boston SNAP Meeting in December, the Central MA SNAP Coalition meeting is December 7th (Worcester)
CBS news article of 11/19 re importance of free school meals: "The health benefits are obvious, but there is a psychological one, too; free food for each student means the poor and the hungry aren't singled out, as some have been in the past."
Huffington Post editorial of 11/21 citing national research (including recent MGH) that access to federal nutrition programs reduces health care costs by Dr Susan Blumenthal, Huff Post's Public Health editor (and, a side note, wife of MA's very own Senator Ed Markey!)
We also want to flag the information below from the Center for American Progress, sent to the entire MA State Legislature last night.
For your reference, attached please find a fact sheet that details how the Congressional GOP tax bills hurt Massachusetts. In addition, I have included several tax-related products below from the Center for American Progress (CAP), but please let me know if you have questions or need more information.
- The Senate Tax Bill Would Eliminate Programs for Farmers, Crime Victims, the Elderly, and Children
- Tax Bills Would Eliminate All Oil, Gas, and Coal Payments to Western States
- Kansas ‘Real Live Experiment’ in Trickle-Down Tax Cuts: A Flashing Warning Sign for Congress
- Many Working and Middle-Class Americans Would See a Tax Increase Under the House GOP Tax Plan (A State-by-State Breakdown)
- The Senate Tax Bill Threatens Access to Health Care
- 4 Ways Repealing the Estate Tax Would Expand the Racial Wealth Gap
- Nearly 12 Million Americans Claim the Student Loan Interest Deduction (Data by Congressional District)
- Nearly 9 Million Americans Claim the Medical Expense Deduction (Data by Congressional District)
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